13 Reason Why was hard to watch. Everyone is saying so and so many people are upset about it. But here is the thing, it needs to be hard to watch, you want to know why? Because those types of feelings and situations are hard to live through, for those lucky enough to actually live through them.
Do we need to be reminded of the stats??
Suicide is the second, did you hear me?, second leading cause of death in youth and young adults 10-24. More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED.
Then you have 60% of sexual assaults and abuse victims are under the age of 16. This is myself included – I have been a victim of a sexual assault much like our main characters friend encountered at that party. I was only 12 – at a cool kid party and clearly over my head.
Isn’t that terrifying?
This is why this show needs to be hard to watch – it shows a brutal reality that a lot of parents out there really need to understand IS happening. Even if you have a good kid, a good kid does stupid things too and gets into sticky situations as well and we need to acknowledge that.
Which is one of the main reasons why I think this is a great way for all of us to educate ourselves, prepare ourselves and use it as a conversation piece when the time comes.
This is why I want to congratulate Netflix for creating a show that is hard to watch and hard to swallow. We as parents needed it, it might have triggered me due to past trauma but it was something that should be watched. It reminded me that these days kids are even more vulnerable and reminded me just how in over my head you can get at that age.
It is a scary world we live in, let’s be open and talk to one another about it!
What were you’re thoughts on 13 Reasons Why?
stats source: http://www.sexassault.ca/statistics.htm